Rebuilding New Orleans, One Home at a Time

Joining with Rebuilding Together on the fifth anniversary of Katrina, HGTV has helped to restore 50 homes devastated by the hurricane. Here's the story of one of those houses, a few of the many volunteers and the grateful homeowners.

  • The neighborhood of Gentilly, on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, suffered some of the worst damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. One of the most badly damaged houses in Gentilly was the Ruffin family's home. The interior was gutted by Katrina and was unlivable. Here, volunteers frame the interior.

  • Carter Oosterhouse, host of HGTV's Carter Can and Red Hot and Green, and a volunteer repair exterior damage.

  • During the rebuild, heavy rains didn't deter yard work.

  • Carter Oosterhouse, Income Property host Scott McGillivray and DIY Network's Cool Tools host Chris Grundy worked side by side with homeowner Riandra Ruffin.

  • Lula Ruffin, her daughter Lois and granddaughter Riandra look forward to moving back into their rehabbed home. In the aftermath of Katrina, the three women had evacuated to Texas, where they lived for two years until returning to New Orleans to rent an apartment.

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